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“He’ll eat anything you want him to eat, he’ll swallow anything you want him to swallow – so, come on down, and he’ll chew on a dog!”

Fresh off a successful read of Wes Craven’s Scream in June, Scripts Gone Wild returns (after a brief hiatus) in August with a reading of Tim Burton’s 1988 comedy masterpiece, BEETLEJUICE. If you say his name three times, he appears. If you’re sober enough to say it once after listening to the readers of Scripts Gone Wild ramble for two hours, you deserve whatever comes your way!

Headlining the August 28th read at El Cid on Sunset is actor Malcolm Barrett, best known as “Rufus” on NBC’s Timeless; as “F.J. Hoover” on AMC’s Preacher; and as “Lem Hewitt” on ABC’s Better Off Ted. Film credits include: Swimfan, The Hurt Locker, Larry Crowne, and Dear White People. Television credits include: “The Sopranos”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Monk”, “Southland”, “The Office” (as “New Stanley”), and “Key and Peele”.

Co-Headlining are actress Julie Ann Emery, who currently plays “Lara Featherstone” on AMC’s Preacher and “Marion Scheisskopf” on Hulu’s Catch-22; and is also best known as “Betsy Kettleman” on AMC’s Better Call Saul; as “Ida Thurman” on FX’s Fargo; and from recurring roles on “E.R.”, “Commander in Chief”, “The Riches”, and “Major Crimes”; and comedian, actor, and host extraordinaire, Jonah Ray, known for “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return”, and as host of the Jonah Raydio and Nerdist podcasts.

Taking over hosting duties for this read is genre actor and filmmaker, Frank Dietz, star of B-movie horror classics like Zombie Nightmare, Rock N Roll Nightmare, Black Roses, and The Lost Skeleton Returns Again; director of the documentaries, Beast Wishes and Long Live the King; screenwriter of I Hate Kids starring Tom Everett Scott & Tituss Burgess; and former Disney animator on Hercules, Mulan, Tarzan, Fantasia 2000, and Mary Poppins Returns. Dietz previously hosted the reading of Zombie Nightmare for Scripts Gone Wild. “It’s always nice to sit back, turn the reins over to Frank, and just get ‘wild’ on stage like everyone else,” said Scripts Gone Wild founder and artistic director, Billy Ray Brewton. “I look forward to waking up the next morning with an impossible hangover!”

Sponsored by Mulholland Distilling, Q Mixers, and Pomp & Whimsy, and Stella Artois, all proceeds will benefit HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The charity was chosen by co-headliner Julie Ann Emery says: “I first began working with Habitat as a teenager in Tennessee. Seeing a family in need have their lives changed entirely (for generations to come) was profound. I am thrilled in recent years to have renewed my Habitat service in Los Angeles.”

Scripts Gone Wild is a monthly script reading series which takes celebrities, filmmakers, influencers, and other random awesome people; gives them a popular film script, and thrusts them head-first into a drinking game where they are penalized for line flubs and missed cues. As the readers make mistakes, and as the drinks pile up, the riotous nature of the event really starts to shine. Scripts are rarely finished and – when they are – they might just be a mess. The audience even gets in on the action and helps dictate just how ‘wild’ the evening gets!

SCRIPTS GONE WILD – BEETLEJUICE takes place Wednesday, August 28th at 8:00 pm at El Cid on Sunset (4212 Sunset Blvd.). Additional casting will be announced over the coming weeks. VIP tickets are $20 and general admission tickets are $10 ($15 at the door). To participate in the shenanigans, visit us across social media at @scriptsgonewild. To purchase tickets, or for more info, visit us online at

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